Review of To Die A Virgin Single by Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy
To Die A Virgin
Single Review

Divine Comedy To Die A Virgin Single

It is a matter for conjecture as to whether or not The Divine Comedy's quirkiness has been an asset or a liability for them in the past? Whatever the answer is, they are not changing their approach on the evidence of this second single from the tempting, 'Victory for the Comic Muse' album. Neil Hannon has changed the line up for The Divine Comedy more times than Sven has changed the England one, only Hannon has not lost any momentum because of this. Alluring female vocal backing and a quaint brass section infused accompaniment, sets things up for the lyrics that picks up underdog life from the floor, sticks a cherry on it and makes it good enough to eat;

"The other day I discovered a magazine of my brother's.
I read it under the covers; it got me all hot and bothered.
Now every time that I see you, your uniform becomes see through.
You don't know how much I need you, the Handy Andy's I've been through;
I don't want to, sha la la laa, die a virgin."

The Divine Comedy remain stoic in their quaint indie way and many people will still be grateful for this.

Rating; 7/10
David Adair

Catch The Divine Comedy on tour;

Sat 21 Bristol, Anson Rooms.
Box Office: Bristol Ticket Shop - 0870 44 44 400
Sun 22 Warwick Arts Centre.
Box Office 02476 524 524
Mon 23 Leeds Met University.
Box Office 0113 244 4600
Tue 24 Newcastle University.
Box Office 0870 771 2000
Thu 26 Manchester Ritz.
Box Office 0161 236 4355
Fri 27 Glasgow ABC.
Box Office 0870 169 0100
Sun 29 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms.
Box Office 0870 169 0100
Mon 30 Oxford Brookes University.
Box Office 01865 484 750
Tue 31 Portsmouth Pyramids Centre.
Box Office 023 9282 4355

Wed 1 Norwich UEA.
Box Office 01603 508 050
Thu 2 London Roundhouse.
Box Office 020 7403 3331
Sat 4 Liverpool Carling Academy.
Box Office 0870 771 2000
Sun 5 Nottingham Trent Uni.
Box Office 0115 958 8484

All tickets are £17.50 apart from London which is priced £22.50

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